What is Abatacept?

Category: Prescription Drugs

Most popular types: Orencia

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Abatacept is an injectable product typically used for the treatment of moderately to severely-active rheumatoid arthritis and juvenile idiopathic arthritis.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Rheumatoid arthritis 1704 82
Systemic lupus erythematosus 13 5
Psoriatic arthritis 5 3
Behcet's disease 1 1
Chronic inflammatory demyelinating polyneuropathy 1 0

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  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations Percentage
Severe 15
Moderate 13
Mild 18
None 47

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Abatacept

Side effect Patients Percentage
Nausea 7
Headaches 6
Fatigue 3
Migraine headaches 3
Chronic fatigue 2
Diarrhea 2

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Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Abatacept

Dosage Patients Percentage
125 mg weekly 4
1000 mg monthly 2
15625 mg weekly 2
125 mg monthly 1
250 mg monthly 1
750 mg monthly 1
100 mg twice daily 1

Why patients stopped taking Abatacept

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients Percentage
Did not seem to work 41
Doctor's advice 19
Side effects too severe 14
Other 6
Change in health plan coverage 3
Expense 2
Course of treatment ended 1
Personal research 1
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Duration

Currently taking Abatacept

Duration Patients Percentage
1 - 6 months 1
6 months - 1 year 1
1 - 2 years 4
2 - 5 years 5
5 - 10 years 4
10 years or more 2

Stopped taking Abatacept

Duration Patients Percentage
Less than 1 month 10
1 - 6 months 12
6 months - 1 year 21
1 - 2 years 6
2 - 5 years 8
5 - 10 years 1
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations Percentage
Always 84
Usually 3
Sometimes 1
Never taken as prescribed 5
Burden
Burden Evaluations Percentage
Very hard to take 3
Somewhat hard to take 16
A little hard to take 28
Not at all hard to take 46
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations Percentage
$200+ 13
$100-199 2
$50-99 4
$25-49 10
< $25 32
Not specified 32

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Abatacept after stopping:

Treatment Patients Percentage
Adalimumab (Humira) 18
Infliximab (Remicade) 11
Tocilizumab (Actemra) 10
Methotrexate (Apo-Methotrexate) 9
Certolizumab (Cimzia) 8

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Patients stopped taking Abatacept and switched to:

Treatment Patients Percentage
Tocilizumab (Actemra) 11
Rituximab (Rituxan) 10
Etanercept (Enbrel) 4
Infliximab (Remicade) 4
Tofacitinib (Xeljanz) 4

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4 patient evaluations for Abatacept

Nov 22, 2019 (Started Sep 02, 2016)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for rheumatoid arthritis)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 125 mg Weekly
Cost: < $25 monthly

Oct 1, 2019 (Started Sep 02, 2016)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for rheumatoid arthritis)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 125 mg Weekly
Cost: < $25 monthly

Jan 16, 2017 (Started Sep 02, 2016)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for rheumatoid arthritis)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 125 mg Weekly
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks

Jul 6, 2014 (Started Apr 15, 2014)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for rheumatoid arthritis)
  • Side effects
    Mild (burning pain at injection site)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 125 mg Weekly
Advice & Tips: The injection site burning only lasts through the first 2-3 shots, after that, it no longer burns upon injection.

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Jan 15, 2013 (Started Dec 15, 2012)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for rheumatoid arthritis)
  • Side effects
    Severe (sinus infection)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 250 mg Every 6 Weeks

  • 0 helpful marks
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